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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Taco Salad Santa Barbara

over here at Farmhouse Kitchen, we have a traditon. when it's late summer and we start getting into our indian summer weather....100 degrees...we have a traditon. we make TACO SALAD. this recipe is from the 1960's and was given to my mother from a neighbor when we lived in santa barbara. we had it last night.




Taco Salad Santa Barbara






3/4 lb hamburger, cooked and drained



one 8 oz.can kidney beans, drained and rinsed



one 8 oz can garbanzo beans, drained and rinsed



one red pepper, diced



one yellow pepper, diced



one tomato, diced



1/2 cup diced red onion



1/4 cup diced green onion



3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese



2-3 cups iceberg lettuce, sliced



1 cup tortilla chips...lightly crushed



one bottle KRAFT catalina dressing ( this is the secret...i don't like french dressing...but the spicy sweet really works here) use as much dressing as desired to taste






toss everything in a bowl



garnish with olives, sour cream, avocado and cilantro



46 comments:

  1. Hi there, So glad you are back from jury duty! I've missed you friend. We love taco salad too but yesterday and today is cold so I'm thinking soup. Hey, have you had to pluck Teddy's ear hair? I was looking at Poodles online yesterday and the breeder mentioned this with poodles too-I thought it was only for long eared dogs. Reggie is doing so well.
    Have a great day.
    Hugs, Noreen & Reggie

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  2. Sounds really good to me! Love the pic of Bittersweet on your sidebar:@)

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  3. Sounds yummy!

    Happy end of summer, and beginning of fall.

    xoxo to you and Teddy Autumn Leaves...sweet boy.

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  4. Sounds scrumptious....:-)

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  5. I love a good Taco Salad. Perfect for hot days even though you still want something hot but there are cool parts to it. Thanks for sharing!

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  6. I just love recipes from that era...simple and no fuss, a good feeling all around. Thanks!

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  7. Hey Farmhouse

    Don't forget the ice cold beer to wash it all down with
    hee haw
    xx
    donkey in the pines

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  8. Sounds delish! Is the donkey your waiter???? :):)

    Melinda

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  9. OMG! Thank you so much. I lost my recipe, what else is new, from the 60's and could not remember the type of dressing. I'm making this in the next few days even if it is 59 degrees.

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  10. guess what? we went out to dinner last night and i had taco salad! too funny. now we are eating the same food!

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  11. I had forgotten all about Catalina dressing, it was a staple in my house when I was growing up.

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  12. Sounds really yummy! I love Catalina dressing!

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  13. This does sound good and I wouldn't have thought of using the Catalina dressing.

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  14. Sounds yummy, it is more soup weather here in Maine today, cold and rainy however no complaints! Hugs, Julie.

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  15. I love regular taco salad with salsa or ranch dressing, but this sounds interesting. Catalina dressing?? I think I'll try it. I also made some soup yesterday. It is not cold, but it has been raining and I am wishing for fall.

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  16. sounds uncomplicated and delicious!

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  17. Sounds so yummy. The garbanzo beans are a new twist. I'll try them next time.
    Oh, I like your new banner!

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  18. Love a nice taco salad, and I'll bet your's was just fabulous!

    Love Señor Donkey!

    I'm a bit jealous of your weather too! Cold and rainy here . . .

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  19. ahh, thats the secret catalina dressing ,, mmm, sounds wonderful!

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  20. OK! I am now soooo in the mood for taco salad! I didn't know about the Catalina dressing...thanks for a hot tip.

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  21. Thanks for that. I had this salad at a potluck and wanted the recipe but didn't know the person who brought it. I do remember that she said that it was Catalina dressing, so she must have shared your taste.

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  22. yum!
    Sounds like a no fuss delight!!!

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  23. Very original idea for Taco slad.Love the Donkey pic;))

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  24. LOVE the donkey and LOVE the salad too, what a GREAT looking Indian Summer dish!
    Karen

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  25. Oh, I used to hate that Indian summer in California, but your salad looks great!

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  26. Hi kary! Yum yum...sounds deelightful! & I love Mister Donkey too...it's proper Autumn here, blustery & grey, but still quite warm. All the leaves are turning, slowly slowly! Sending much love from Alice & Me xoxo

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  27. Donkey in the hat is rather cute! Wet and windy here at the moment and, while 100 degrees is a little hot, I would welcome some blue skies and sun. Best wishes Kary. Lesley x

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  28. Taco salads are wonderful...
    we had a "walking taco party" held in the front yards of our neighborhood one year during our hot "indian summer" weather.

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  29. Yum! we love taco salad! I'm going to have to try your catalina dressing secret! :)

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  30. It sounds like one of those good old fashioned recipes that never disappoints. Catalina dressing is in a lot of them. I will try this one night during this football season.

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  31. haha! love the donkey! perfect recipe kary, wasn't today a hot one?! at least there wasn't any wind.

    sending love up the coast,
    lori and owen!

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  32. Delicious! May have to give this a whirl!

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  33. Sounds yummy any time of year.
    Have a great weekend!
    Susan x

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  34. We love taco salad and I haven't made it in years. This looks like a delicious recipe! I hope jury duty didn't last long.

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  35. Sounds perfect for a warm weather meal.

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  36. Oh Kari, what a wonderful tradition. This recipe sounds delicious. I'll have to try it, my friend! Hugs to all.

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  37. We had taco salad last night too; Maybe we should make it a September tradition as well. You are right it is perfect for this weather - it has been in the high 90s in Portland & we've been looking forward to a nice cool down.

    e

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  38. That donkey looks like he knows how to party. And this salad sounds pretty darn good.

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  39. Mmmm..I love the sound of all the ingredients of your taco salad! I'd add some chile peppers as I like spicy ;) The donkey photogrpah is so cute!

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  40. New follower. Great blog and great recipe. The donkey picture cracked me up. Your cat is gorgeous. We have 3 ragdolls.

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  41. Hi Kary, how was jury duty?
    The taco salad looks good, hope you enjoyed celebrating.

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  42. The recipe looks good! And the picture...words fail me - so cute!

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  43. Okay, I have to make this for my husband. This is right up his alley!

    Hope you are well, my friend. xoxo Gigi

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  44. Yum.. sounds delish.. love your new header image too!

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